You Never Know Where The Road Will Take You…

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or who you will meet on your path.

The hard part for some is actually getting on the road. I’m not afraid of the road; I play on the road!

Throughout my life I have always been surprised at where I have ended up. Not having a “life plan” from an early age helped me so much. As I wrote in an earlier post I had no idea what I was going to be when I grew up. In fact, my career now didn’t exist at the time so that wasn’t even a possibility. What I did know was that I would always be ok. That was a gift that I always treasured.

I have taken chances personally and professionally in my life because I wanted to see where they would lead me. That scares the hell out of some people, but not me. I have learned lessons from missed opportunities that I don’t want to repeat. Some of my experiences worked out and some didn’t but I never had regrets and it always made for a fun and unique trip. My trip!

Even as I write this, I know that there may be spelling or grammatical mistakes, incomplete thoughts or ideas that could be worked out a little more but …. I don’t care. My first draft is my end result and it is honest and authentically me.

The coolest place my road has taken me to lately is the project that I am working on at present. I have never thought about doing a project like this. It just popped into my head one day and I ran with it. That is how a lot of things come to me and I am a curious enough person that I usually take some time out to see where it leads me. This time I was led to writing a series of children’s books. No clue why??? I don’t have kids. In fact there are no kids in my family. I have never written a book and had no desire to before this. Luckily I do have a great imagination which has in the past, helped me to connect with kids. One day I just saw something that inspired me and I started writing. There is more to this story but that will be saved for the future book launch/tour.

The reason for this story is just to make people think. Are you doing what you dream of doing? Are you constantly saying No to things that you should say YES to and vice versa?

Put yourself out there, show off the gifts that are inside you. If you don’t know what those gifts are, meditate. It is a great way to turn off the world and re-acquaint yourself with your true self.

Since I began meditating a few years ago, I have become much more creative and solutions to problems come with a snap of my fingers. I see things very differently and things that were not even on my radar become very clear.

I hope this post helps anyone who feels stuck in life. Walk out your door,head down the road and spend some quiet, uninterrupted with yourself. You’ll be amazed at what life will tell you if you are wise enough to listen.

So Many Choices. Which Way To Go? What To Do?

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I think that one of the worst ways you can travel through your life is by allowing another person’s inabilities, fears or insecurities to enter your mind and take away your possibilities.

We all have that inner voice which is uniquely ours. It is waiting deep inside you to help you along your journey if you are open to tapping into it.

You have the choice to go there, listen to that voice and to act upon it. It is up to you and you alone. On the flip side you also have the choice not to go there, listen or act upon it.  You can let the voice of someone else voice ring in your ears and change your mind; someone who would love to make your life like theirs but in the end that may not be right for you.

When you follow directly in someone else’s footsteps, it ends up showing only one person on a journey and not the reality of two.

You were given your life to live in your way with all of the pleasures, struggles, happiness and unhappiness that life will inevitably present to you.

Get to the life you were meant to live by taking your journey with your own unique set of footprints. Claim your path!

The What Laid Plans?

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As I mentioned before, the life that I live seems to unfold in ways that I never could have imagined.

When I was a teen I thought I should have a life plan because everyone else seemed to be forging one and those adults hovering around asking me questions about the future would like to hear some sort of plan. Luckily for me my parents were not among them.
When talking to friends about what we thought may happen in the future, I announced that I would get married around 36. I got married at 20. Hey, it seemed like a good and logical thing to do at the time as I was in college and in my 20 year old mind I was on the road to adulthood. As it turns out that decision to marry young was the right one for me to make. Even though the marriage ended after 15 years, I am still the best of friends with my ex.
Shortly after finishing my college experience, I worked at a company for a few years and saved to start a business at 25 which I just started but then poof, was convinced to move across the country to a place where I knew no one and had never visited to start a new life with my spouse who had a job out there with his company. I had no idea what I was going to do. I was lost in a way; my plan rug was pulled out from under me so I stalled. My earlier plan did not look or feel like this at all but then my life up to that point was like a roller coaster ride. I happily agreed to buy the ticket and go for the ride.
I sat down, watched the world go by and looked at the pretty scenery. Yes, it was a beautiful place to live. I learned a lot about many things by making that decision and am so grateful for that opportunity that I took.

Others may have looked at my life decisions with confusion or in awe and depending on THEIR point of view either thought I was courageous and bold or foolish and indecisive but to me it made perfect sense and I have absolutely no regrets and have had many fun experiences.

That decision also brought me to the place where I am now; different city, different career and different view. Even though there were many detours along the way, I took them all and like the good road trip passenger that I think I am, I enjoyed the scenery and had fun food and good music surrounding me the whole time.
What decisions have you made in life that brought you to an amazing and unexpected place? Feel free to leave your comments.

The “OPEN” road ( the one you should take more often)

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We have all heard that life is a journey, right? Some people fly everywhere because it’s faster. You don’t see or learn much along the way but you do get to your destination faster and that is how the world in general seems to work nowadays, isn’t it? Quick, quick, quick; no time for anything or anyone.

I think we need to have more road trips in our lives. A long road trip gives you many options. You can go in style or you can hitchhike your way along in bare feet.  You can be the driver who is in control of everything or you could be the driver who wants to be in control but really isn’t. You could be a passenger who wants to be in control, aka the backseat driver, or one who wants to sleep. It’s up to you. There are so many variations and combinations. The other thing a road trip does is give you time to think; to ponder on all sorts of things that you may not have the opportunity to do when you are presented with so many distractions when travelling by air.

People that I road trip with have a love/hate relationship with me being their passenger. They hate it because I hate maps and spend most of my time as a passenger looking out the window at the scenery and turning up the volume of whatever music I happen to put on so that I can have my little in- car concert experience, yet they love it for the exact same reasons. Plus there is usually fun food involved.

Now on my own personal life journey, I just see what unfolds before me or better put, inside me.  Don’t get me wrong, I MAY have a  life map just to let me know that I am in the correct hemisphere but many times I just crumple it up and put it away for another time when I may really need it. I am open to the idea of planning something out and then at the last minute something happens and I end up somewhere completely different; a new adventure. That has happened to me a few times.

Many years ago I travelled to Paris by myself and one night I decided that the following day would be spent in another part of the country. When I woke up the next morning I decided to go somewhere completely different. That is one good thing about taking a journey alone sometimes; you can do whatever you want. By spontaneously changing my plan, I have no idea what I missed and had an amazing day where I ended up.

Last summer I was doing what I thought was going to be a quick walk with my dog before lunch; just a short one because I was getting hungry. I had 2 poo bags for her and my keys when I left. That’s it. My intended 15 minute walk turned into 3 hours because the two of us ran into a friend who owns a boat cruise company and he asked if we wanted to go on his boat with some tourists. Nice sunny day, why not?  I decided to get off at the halfway point and walk around for a bit before returning home. Luckily we caught the free ferry back and met a woman aboard who offered to share some strawberries with me after hearing my story about having nothing more than one poo  bag for my mutt and my keys. Ah, the kindness of strangers!

What a fun day. You never know where life will take you but it will take you somewhere and I have found that if you just stay open to the infinite possibilities and  opportunities when they present themselves it usually ends up being a pretty cool time.

What pleasant, unexpected detour did you take in your life and where did it take you?